News Article | May 9, 2017
-- Tony Lovell, the writer at Bedbug's Writing and an editor for the writing-challenge website Grammar Ghoul Press is excited to announce the publication of his first mini-cookbook, "." This book contains nine dessert recipes that Tony has been making for years. The book is available now on Amazon in paperback in a color format and in a special and cheaper black-and-white edition, as well as in a Kindle format, set for release May 12th, 2017. Taken from the back cover text:"Tony's the person who is expected to make desserts for all gatherings: movie nights, game nights, holidays, random get-togethers that were designated for the single sake of having Tony's dessert. Admittedly, it's something he brought on himself, and he loves it! This book is a collection of just a few recipes that Tony is willing to share, each one tried and true, and each one beloved by someone other than Tony and Mark."Tony Lovell earned his Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. He is actively working on his first novels, and he is the creator and co-writer of "the Park bench," a new web-series from Background People Productions, set to debut in 2017. His website is tonylovell.weebly.com. His first book, Bedbug's Writing, Volume One, and MMMMM. are available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/ dp/1546489371/ ref=sr_1_1?s= books&a...
News Article | May 16, 2017
PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--University of Phoenix today unveiled a new brand campaign that highlights the need for American workers to evolve in order to not be left behind in a rapidly changing world. The campaign is designed to speak to a workforce that is experiencing technological disruption — projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that production occupations are set to decline as technological advancements are replacing many manufacturing jobs that make up a large share of these occupations.1 University of Phoenix alumni who have reinvented themselves and started new careers through their pursuit of higher education are featured in several campaign elements. “Our world is changing, and working adults today are beginning to recognize that in order to get the most out of their careers, they may need to make some changes as well,” said Joan Blackwood, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for University of Phoenix. “University of Phoenix helps our workforce pursue their educational and professional dreams by providing a career-relevant education that prepares individuals to update their skills or even change careers entirely. We enable people of all backgrounds to obtain the skills needed to rewrite the future for themselves, their families and generations to come.” The new brand campaign features an animated film for TV that focuses on empowering personal reinvention. The 30- and 60-second spots show an empowered female character, Rosa, who overcomes a challenge and creates a better life for herself and her family by taking action and seizing on an available opportunity to enroll at University of Phoenix. The character of Rosa represents University of Phoenix graduates who pursued higher education to reinvent themselves to become more marketable in today’s workforce. To further illustrate the story of Rosa, the campaign will tell the stories of University of Phoenix alumni, introducing individuals who have reinvented themselves and started a new career. Cindy Banton, Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership with a specialization in Information, Systems and Technology, 2014 In a short window of three years, Banton was laid off from an upper management job and diagnosed with cancer. Having a dream of starting her own consulting firm, she knew that having an education would strengthen her marketability. She enrolled with University of Phoenix to earn her doctorate and was able to implement what she learned in the program into her business. She is now the founder and CEO of Avid Consulting. In 2006, Gatz retired from the U.S. Air Force and began to pursue a career path in security. After earning his first degree, he pursued a second degree in Information Systems Management at University of Phoenix, which he earned while working a full-time job. The networking and technical skills that Gatz received through education helped him to achieve his goal of becoming an IT consultant. He has since worked his way up to a senior analyst for a leading telecom company. When he was six years old, Kim escaped a Khmer Rouge labor camp and journeyed to the U.S. as a refugee. In high school he remembers a career day where he met firefighters and police officers who introduced him to a career in law enforcement. At the age of 23, he became a police officer and later enrolled with University of Phoenix to pursue a degree in criminal justice. He then went back to earn his master’s degree. He had never imagined that he would have a college degree, and now he is a police detective. “Innovation is not only essential to the success of large enterprises and small businesses, but also to the success of an individual,” said Dennis Bonilla, executive dean of the College of Information Systems and Technology at University of Phoenix. "Rapid advances in technology, like machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, data analytics, virtual and augmented reality, and nanotechnology, are driving the biggest disruption in the workforce since the industrial revolution. The biggest issue we are hearing from employees in the IT field is that they need to acquire and demonstrate innovation and creative skills in order to advance their career. That’s why we are prepared to arm individuals with the 21st century skills they need to confidently reinvent themselves and their careers.” University of Phoenix has specialized in serving a diverse group of students, including working adults and parents, since its founding more than 40 years ago. Through its ongoing work to provide resources tailored to these students, and courses aligned with the industry skills and competencies today’s employers are looking for, the University has continued to evolve with the needs of its students. Recently released data about University of Phoenix students from the 2015 Academic Annual Report shows that 76 percent work while earning degrees, 67 percent have dependents at home, 45 percent are underrepresented minorities and 60 percent are first-generation college students. For important information about the educational debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended these programs, visit phoenix.edu/programs/gainful-employment. University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help working adults move efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant and engaging courses, and interactive learning can help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. As a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group, Inc., University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit phoenix.edu. 1 U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2015, December 17). Occupational Outlook Handbook, Production occupations. Retrieved May 9, 2017 from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/home.htm
News Article | May 15, 2017
GARDEN GROVE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Southland Industries, one of the nation's largest MEP building systems experts providing engineering, construction, operations and energy service solutions, recently named Payman Farrokhyar Southern California Division Leader. Replacing Mr. Farrokhyar in his previous position, Travis Fletcher has been selected as Southern California Branch Manager of Envise, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southland. With a goal of customizing an experience for each client in order to realize their specific goals, the two leaders aim to provide connected solutions that utilize Southland's vast range of in-house experts. In his new role, Mr. Farrokhyar will oversee Southland’s procurement of design-build work in the regional market, while ensuring successful project outcomes. Mr. Fletcher will be responsible for the business development, sales and operations efforts of Envise within the Southern California region. “I’m excited to begin working with Travis in a new capacity—one that will allow clients to achieve their goals through our connected solutions, and utilize all of our relevant in-house expertise. If clients desire solutions that begin with design and installation and continue seamlessly through energy, automation, and mechanical service, we can successfully deliver that,” stated Mr. Farrokhyar. “We believe in client partnerships, not customer sales. As trusted partners, we take a big picture approach that sometimes means a healthy challenge of the initial request to truly solve client problems and achieve bigger results. By deferring to the expertise of our connected groups and businesses, we can collaboratively provide clients with better informed, customized solutions,” added Mr. Fletcher. Mr. Farrokhyar received a bachelor’s degree in math and computer science, with a minor in economics from Colorado School of Mines in 2004, as well as a Master of Business Administration in global management from the University of Phoenix in 2007. He participates in industry organizations such as the Design-Build Institute of America, ASHRAE, and Smart Cities Council. With a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Colorado School of Mines, Mr. Fletcher has over fifteen years in the construction and real estate development industries. He is an active member of industry organizations such as the Urban Land Institute, Smart Cities Council, and Orange County Business Council.
News Article | May 15, 2017
MINNEAPOLIS & ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Please note the last sentence of the first paragraph should read: Keller will report to Steve White, President of Comcast’s West Division, and will oversee Comcast’s operations serving nearly 600,000 customers and managing more than 2,400 employees. Also, the accompanying photo has been updated. Comcast today announced that John “J.D.” Keller has been appointed regional vice president for the company’s Twin Cities Region. In this role, Keller is the top executive responsible for customer experience, sales, operations and financial performance for the region. Keller will report to Steve White, President of Comcast’s West Division, and will oversee Comcast’s operations serving nearly 600,000 customers and managing more than 2,400 employees. Keller comes to Comcast from ADT Security Services, where he worked for 22 years. He served in several senior leadership roles, including Vice President, Sales and Operations, directing the company’s largest region with $1.5 billion in revenue and more than 4,000 employees. His teams consistently improved the customer experience, increased J.D. Power scores and employee satisfaction while growing the business. Keller began his career working in call center operations for Dean Witter. “Comcast has evolved into a leading media and technology company, offering innovative products that make life simpler and delivering superior customer service, and I am excited to join the team,” said Keller. “J.D. brings to Comcast a strong operations background and deep experience in leading large organizations, while consistently delivering exceptional results through focused execution,” said White. “With broad functional experience and a commitment to the customer experience, J.D. will be a valuable addition to our leadership team and the Twin Cities Region.” A native of Utah, Keller earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
News Article | May 17, 2017
The Board of Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast (GSCCC) today announced Jody Skenderian as the council’s permanent CEO. Skenderian previously held the position of Chief Development Officer for GSCCC prior to becoming the council’s interim CEO in October 2016. Skenderian, a Girl Scout alumnae and mother of a Girl Scout Cadette, has led business development teams for over two decades including as Director of Community Relations for the University of Phoenix Southern California Campus where she led strategy and implementation of recruitment, in addition to, alumni, community and faculty engagement. “Jody Skenderian is the ideal candidate to serve the council with her forward thinking business acumen and keen sense of community development,” said Tammie Helmuth, GSCCC Board Chair. “She’s demonstrated an ability to drive organizational alignment and revenue diversification strategies for sustainable growth of the council. More importantly, she understands the mission and is committed to helping girls empower themselves for success in life,” Helmuth added. “It is a tremendous privilege to be a leader of the world’s top youth non-profit brand – a status earned through a proven track-record of helping girls reach their full potential,” said Skenderian. “I’ve dedicated my career to development both in business and as a former educator helping people achieve their goals. I am honored to be at the helm of this mission along California’s Central Coast.” Skenderian has also held adjunct teaching positions both online and on-campus for local colleges and universities including Santa Barbara City College and Ventura College. She has served on two Ventura County non-profit boards, and served a two-year term for the Ventura County Board of Supervisors Women's Economic Roundtable as the inaugural Chair. Additional business development roles include tenure at ValueClick (now Conversant), Addison Wesley Longman (now Pearson), Winthrop Resources (now TCF Equipment Finance), and most recently at Ventura start-up FreshRealm. Skenderian holds an M.A. in Political Science from San Francisco State University and a B.A. from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. She is also a member of the American Association of University Women and is a recent graduate of the Ventura County Leadership Academy. About GSCCC Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast serves over 10,400 girls across six counties and is committed to making the Girl Scout Leadership Experience available to girls in ways that impact their lives both in the moment and into the future. Girls participate in troops, individual projects, council events, day camps and more. A variety of leadership, outdoor skills, and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) based programs and events provide girls with opportunities to learn and explore in fun and informative ways. To join or volunteer in Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara or Ventura County, visit: http://www.girlscoutsccc.org.
News Article | May 15, 2017
MINNEAPOLIS & ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Please replace the release with the following corrected version due to multiple revisions. Also, the accompanying photo has been updated. Comcast today announced that John “J.D.” Keller has been appointed regional vice president for the company’s Twin Cities Region. In this role, Keller is the top executive responsible for customer experience, sales, operations and financial performance for the region. Keller will report to Steve White, President of Comcast’s West Division, and will oversee Comcast’s operations serving nearly 600,000 customers and managing more than 2,400 employees. Keller comes to Comcast from ADT Security Services, where he worked for 22 years. He served in several senior leadership roles, including Vice President, Sales and Operations, directing the company’s largest region with $1.5 billion in revenue and more than 4,000 employees. His teams consistently improved the customer experience, increased J.D. Power scores and employee satisfaction while growing the business. Keller began his career working in call center operations for Dean Witter. “Comcast has evolved into a leading media and technology company, offering innovative products that make life simpler and delivering superior customer service, and I am excited to join the team,” said Keller. “J.D. brings to Comcast a strong operations background and deep experience in leading large organizations, while consistently delivering exceptional results through focused execution,” said White. “With broad functional experience and a commitment to the customer experience, J.D. will be a valuable addition to our leadership team and the Twin Cities Region.” A native of Utah, Keller earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
News Article | May 18, 2017
Firewood Marketing has hired seasoned creative director and brand strategist Michiel Schriever as Executive Creative Director. Schriever offers the agency expanded creative leadership and expertise for its growing Bay Area client roster. Schriever most recently was Creative Director at design studio Ammunition in San Francisco, where his responsibilities included user experience design, packaging, branding, and marketing for the emerging-market smartphone Obi Worldphone. Previously, he served in progressive roles at Apollo Education Group, starting as Creative Director for University of Phoenix, and progressing to Vice President, Executive Creative Director for Apollo Education Group. Additionally, he was Senior Creative Director at Autodesk, where he was responsible for the creative development and execution of the Autodesk brand worldwide. He was awarded several patents for innovations in user experience designs for Autodesk’s 3D modeling, visual effects, and editing software. His experience also includes roles as Creative Director and Chief User Interface Designer at Discreet Logic. Schriever will work closely with DJ Carey, Firewood’s Chief Creative Officer, providing leadership and guidance for the agency’s 40-person creative team across their diversifying client roster that includes Airbnb, Dropbox, Giftly, Google, LinkedIn, and Simplilearn. Firewood offers all facets of digital marketing, a full suite of creative services, strategy and planning, and event management services. The creative team recently broadened its capabilities in user experience, content marketing, video production, and web development, and they will be looking for opportunities to help clients tell more immersive stories through the use of new and emerging technologies such as machine learning, augmented and virtual reality. Firewood’s secret sauce is their approach to pairing a unique “embedded” model with a traditional agency structure. They create close partnerships with their clients by embedding marketing experts with deep domain experience on-site and then supporting that with a large team of creatives, strategists, and managers who can provide the resources to deliver results at scale. “Michiel not only brings a broad range of experience to the table, but he’s lived and breathed both the agency and the client space,” said DJ Carey, Firewood’s CCO. “That range of expertise is going to be invaluable in asking, and answering, the right questions up front to elevate the work we do, and ultimately what we deliver, across the board. We’re excited and proud to have him on board to help cultivate our team, our work, and our culture.” About Firewood Marketing Firewood Marketing provides performance-based marketing solutions for a variety of clients, including notable high-tech brands, start-ups, and Fortune 500 companies. They partner with clients both through a traditional agency model and through an innovative, embedded approach. Firewood offers strategy and planning, digital marketing, creative services, and event management. They are a team of nearly 140 dedicated professionals who work hard to deliver above expectations with curiosity that extends far beyond their work. Firewood is based in San Francisco with regional offices in Sandpoint, Idaho, and Dublin, Ireland. To learn more, visit http://www.firewoodmarketing.com.
News Article | April 28, 2017
The International Nurses Association is pleased to welcome Robert D. Hawkins, RN, BSN, PHN, to their prestigious organization with his upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Robert D. Hawkins is a Registered Nurse with 17 years of experience in his field and an extensive expertise in all facets in nursing, especially medical/surgical nursing, mental health, correctional health, and public health. Robert is currently serving patients for the County of Ventura in California. Robert’s career in nursing began in 1999, when he graduated with his Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Northern Virginia Community College. An advocate for continuing education, he went on to gain his Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 2003 from the University of Phoenix. Furthermore, Robert is a certified Public Health Nurse. Throughout his career, Robert has gained a wealth of experience in many areas of nursing. He keeps up to date with the latest advances and developments in his field by maintaining a professional membership with the American Nurses Association. Robert says that his success has come because of his passion for being a positive influence and adapting to his community, and when he is not working, he enjoys scuba diving and watching football. Learn more about Robert D. Hawkins here: http://inanurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4135809/info/ and be sure to read his upcoming publication in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.
News Article | April 17, 2017
Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association is pleased to announce the winners of the Pick-It March Mania college basketball contest. Participation in the contest covered our 16 communities with first place going to Sherry Vogel, Gowrie, Iowa. Sherry earned the most points in the contest and was awarded a $200 bill credit. Judy Warrick, of Gowrie, Iowa came in second place and received $100 bill credit, and Steve Lane of Farnhamville, Iowa finished in third and won a $50 bill credit. Contest participants were invited to pick who they predicted to win the NCAA men’s college basketball championship tournament games and earned points for each game they picked correctly. The contest was conducted online and sponsored by Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association (WCCTA). Community members can visit WCCTA at 1106 Beek Street in Gowrie, Monday-Friday during business hours. "Offering this each year creates a friendly rivalry between members as they compete and watch who wins during the tournament action," states Marcie Boerner, Office Manager at WCCTA “Participants can see where they rank against their friends and neighbors and see others completed brackets.” The 79th edition of the tournament began on March 14, 2017, and concluded with the championship game on April 3 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, where North Carolina Tar Heels defeated Gonzaga Bulldogs 71–65. Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association is located at 1106 Beek Street, Gowrie, IA 50543. It has a Fiber driven network and provides landline telephone, Internet and digital television service to the Iowa communities of Gowrie, Pilot Mound, Vincent, Thor, Churdan, Knierim, Somers, Barnum, Duncombe, Farnhamville, Badger, Clare, Moorland, Boxholm, Lanyon and Paton. Additional information is available by calling 515-352-3151 or visiting http://www.wccta.net. Everyone is also invited to follow along on Facebook, Twitter and our LinkedIn pages. #ThisIsFortDodge
News Article | April 17, 2017
Salt Lake Community College will honor graduates during commencement ceremonies May 5, 9:30 a.m. at the Maverik Center in West Valley City. This year’s keynote speaker will be Diane Guerrero, known for her roles in the Netflix series Orange is the New Black and The CW Network series Jane the Virgin. Guerrero was raised in the Jamaica Plain and Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston after being taken in by other Colombian families. She had an interest in acting since a young age and took advantage of free opportunities in the neighborhood or at school. Then she attended Boston Arts Academy, a performing arts high school, where she was in the music department. In 2015, Guerrero was named a White House Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization. She is an outspoken advocate for common sense, comprehensive immigration reform and has worked with Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Mi Familia Vota, a nonpartisan Latino civic engagement organization to promote citizenship and voter registration. Variety named her one of the top 10 Latina actresses to watch. SLCC’s 2017 honorary doctorate recipients are H. Roger Boyer, chairman of The Boyer Company as well as its director and advisor, and the Honorable Shauna Graves-Robertson, who was appointed to the Salt Lake County Justice Court by the Salt Lake County Commission in January 1999. Boyer received his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Utah and his Master of Business Administration from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. Graves-Robertson graduated from Arizona State University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Judge Graves-Robertson received a Master of Arts in Public Administration in 1987 and Juris Doctor from the University of Utah in 1990. Lisa Gough, vice president of Sysco, and Shawn Newell, vice president of business development for Industrial Supply Company, were named Distinguished Alumni. Gough received her associate’s degree in business from SLCC in 1995 and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Utah in 1997. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Westminster College in 2007. Newell earned an associate’s degree in marketing management from SLCC and his bachelor’s of science degree in sociology from the University of Utah. Newell also earned a master’s degree in management from the University of Phoenix. Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, comprehensive community college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 61,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains an average class size of 20.